Scientific Lecture "Biodemography of human longevity"

Presentation Description:
This presentation will discuss recent biodemographic studies on human longevity. Topics include: inheritance of human longevity, impact of maternal and paternal ages at person's conception on person life span, biological explanations why parental-age effects may be important, current biological studies on the effects of month-of-birth on person's characteristics, including person's life span.  The recent controversy on the alleged infertility of long-living persons and problem of limits to human lifespan will also be discussed.

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"Biodemography of human longevity"

Goals and Objectives of the Presentation:
  1. To discuss an existing paradox of small narrow-sense heritability of human lifespan vs strong familial clustering of exceptional longevity
  2. To show the familial effects on longevity
  3. To explain the non-linear, threshold pattern of real offspring-on-parent lifespan dependencies
  4. To demonstrate the importance of early-life conditions for later-life outcomes
  5. To discuss the relationship between infertility and longevity

Speaker's Biographical Sketch:

Natalia S. Gavrilova, M.S., Ph.D.
Research Associate, Center on Aging,  NORC and The University of Chicago

Natalia S. Gavrilova, Ph.D. is one of the world's leading experts in longevity studies, and a co-author of a famous scientific book "The Biology of Life Span" (1991), listed in the Encyclopedia Britannica as a recommended reference.  She has Ph.D in anthropology and demography and M.Sc. in chemistry, both from the Moscow State University, Russia. Recently Natalia Gavrilova also got an additional M. Sc. in computer science from the University of Chicago (in 2003).

Dr. Gavrilova was a Principal Investigator of Research Project "Biodemographic aspects of longevity inheritance in humans" supported by the National Institute on Aging, USA.  She also participated in the NASA project "Radiation Risk Analysis: Model Issues and Interspecies Extrapolation."   Currently Natalia Gavrilova is a Principal Investigator of Research Project on Exceptional Human Longevity supported by the Society of Actuaries.

Dr. Natalia Gavrilova is an author of nearly a hundred of scientific publications and an expert (referee) for 14 scientific journals on aging and longevity studies including  Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine, Journal of Gerontology, Experimental Gerontology, Mechanisms of Ageing and Development,  Biogerontology, and Journal of Theoretical Biology.

Dr. Gavrilova has been an invited speaker at several conferences including the International Conference on Longevity (Sydney, Australia, 2004). She gives lectures at scientific conferences worldwide.

Her current research interests include application of advanced computer technologies to the analyses of genealogical data for longevity studies.  Dr. Gavrilova has developed a new scientific and educational website on human longevity studies "Longevity Science"  Her scientific website contains now over a hundred of scientific documents relevant to longevity studies. It is receiving now about 500 visits per day from many prestigious organizations including the Library of Congress, the National Institutes of Health, NIH, USA, and from the Royal Society - the UK National Academy of Science. Her website is now rated as the top # 1 website on  'human longevity'  topic in such major search engines as Google, Yahoo!, Alltheweb, etc., when searching for  'human longevity'  term.

Dr. Natalia Gavrilova is a member of the Gerontological Society of America, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, and Population Association of America.

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